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Buddy Valastro
Buddy Valastro at the Jersey City Mayoral Inauguration.jpg
Valastro at the 2013 Jersey City Mayoral Inauguration
Born
Bartolo Valastro, Jr.

March 3, 1977 (1977-03-03) (age 44)
Nationality Italian-American
Citizenship American
Occupation Owner of Carlo's Bakery, Buddy V's Events & Buddy V's Ristorante
Known for Baker, cake designer and host of Cake Boss
Television Cake Boss
Spouse(s)
Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)
Children 4
Parent(s)
  • Bartolo Valastro Sr.
  • Mary Valastro

Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Jr. (born March 3, 1977) is an American baker and reality television personality of Italian heritage. He is the owner of Carlo's Bakery, as well as the face of Buddy V's Ristorante. Valastro is best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss, which premiered in April 2009. He has also starred in Kitchen Boss (2011), Next Great Baker (2010), Buddy's Bakery Rescue (2013), Bake You Rich (2013) and Bakery Boss (2013).

Early life

Valastro was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and grew up there and in Little Ferry, New Jersey. His mother was born in Altamura, Italy, and is the daughter of Italian-American immigrants who moved to New Jersey when she was six years old. His father, Buddy Sr was born in Lipari, Italy. Valastro grew up with four sisters: Grace, Mary, Maddalena and Lisa.

He attended Ridgefield Park High School and took baking courses at the Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro Campus.

Valastro began working at his family's business, Carlo's Bakery at age 11, alongside his father. When his father died in 1994, Valastro was 17. Valastro took over the family business.

Career

Flickr - The U.S. Army - It's Cake Time
Buddy Valastro (right), General Raymond T. Odierno, and other members of the United States Army in Times Square cutting a cake to celebrate the Army's 238th birthday in 2012

Valastro is the owner and head baker of Carlo's Bakery, the bakery featured on the TLC show Cake Boss. Carlo's has since opened 17 more bakeries due to the popularity of the show. In January 2012, as a result of the attention that the shop and the TV series had brought to the city of Hoboken, the Hudson Reporter named Valastro as an honorable mention in its list of Hudson County's 50 most influential people.

Carlo's Bakery has seven locations in New JerseyHoboken, Marlton, Morristown, Red Bank, Ridgewood, Wayne, and Westfield. Outside of New Jersey, the bakery operates locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Westbury and New York, New York; Orlando, Florida; Frisco, Dallas, and The Woodlands, Texas; São Paulo, Brazil; Uncasville, Connecticut; Las Vegas and most recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lackawanna Factory in nearby Jersey City serves as the corporate office for the business and is used as additional space to create wedding and specialty cakes, and to bake specialty baked goods for shipment across the country.

Valastro launched an event planning and catering company, Buddy V's Events, in June 2014.

In 2016 Valastro partnered with Whole Earth Sweetener Co. on the campaign "Rethink Sweet." The company said Valastro would serve as brand ambassador for a "new line of zero- and lower-calorie sweeteners, and will work to help his fans make healthy lifestyle choices", and provide recipes using the product.

In 2018 Valastro partnered with The Pound Bakery, a pet treat manufacturing company to redesign and launch a new line of pet treats. "We wanted to create palatable treats for dogs that are inspired by classic Italian entrees and desserts," said Lexie Berglund, President of The Pound Bakery. Buddy also worked with several other companies to launch a full line of ready-to-use fondant, buttercream icing, and Italian Biscotti cookies under the new brand name Buddy Valastro Foods in 2018.

Valastro, a supporter of the Special Olympics, baked a commemorative cake for the 2011 announcement that the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games would be held in New Jersey.

Personal life

Buddy and Lisa Valastro married on October 14, 2001. Until 2014, Valastro resided in East Hanover Township, New Jersey, with her and their four children: Sofia, Bartolo "Buddy" III, Marco, and Carlo. He has four sisters and a stepfather, Sergio. His brother-in-law is Maurizio Belgiovine. As of 2014, he resided in Montville, New Jersey. On 13 November 2014, Valastro was arrested for driving while intoxicated. His driver's license was suspended for 90 days, and he paid a $300 fine.

In September 2020, Valastro had his right (dominant) hand impaled by a pinsetter at his home bowling alley. His sons and other family members rescued him by cutting him out of the machine. He underwent two emergency surgeries.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Food Network Challenge Guest mentor Episode: "Battle of the Brides"
2009– Cake Boss Host
2010–2014 Next Great Baker Host / Judge
2011–2012 Kitchen Boss Host
2013–2014 Buddy's Bakery Rescue
2015 The Apprentice Guest judge Episode: "May the Gods of Good Pies Be with Us"
2015–2018 Batalha dos Confeiteiros Host / Judge
2016 Batalha dos Cozinheiros
Buddy's Family Vacation Host
Bakers vs. Fakers
2017 Dancing with the Stars Brazil Judge Christmas special
2018–present Buddy's Big Bakedown Host
2018 Impractical Jokers Himself Episode: "Pulling the Rug"
2019 Buddy vs Duff Lost to Duff 258-254
2019–present Bake You Rich Host / Judge
2019 Beat Bobby Flay Guest Judge Episode: "Grapes of Wrath"
2020 Beat Bobby Flay Contestant Episode: "No Cake Walk". He challenged Bobby with his signature Multi-Layered Cake. He also won that challenge.
2020 Nickelodeon's Unfiltered Himself Episode: "Avocado Toasted Piñatas!"

As producer

Buddy Valastro at a Cake Fair in Orlando, FL
Buddy Valastro walking onstage waving to fans at a cake fair in Orlando, Florida, 2017
Year Title Notes
2010–2012 Next Great Baker 6 episodes
2011–2012 Kitchen Boss All episodes
2015–2018 Batalha dos Confeiteiros
2016 Batalha dos Cozinheiros
Cake Boss 8 episodes
Cooks vs. Cons 1 episode
Bakers vs. Fakers All episodes
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